In decision CP-10/10, the Conference of the Parties serving as a meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) agreed to develop additional voluntary guidance materials to support case-by-case risk assessment of living modified organisms (LMOs) containing engineered gene drives in accordance with Annex III of the Cartagena Protocol. The COP-MOP decided that this material should have a special focus on engineered gene drive mosquitoes taking into account the current experience with the organism, the type of engineered gene drive and specific issues of risk assessment, identified in annex I of decision CP-9/13, including existing reports, general considerations of LMOs containing engineered gene drives and existing national and regional risk assessment experiences. The decision also established an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) and requested the convening of the Online Forum on Risk Assessment and Risk Management to contribute to this process. The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice will consider the draft prepared by the AHTEG.
In response to this, the Secretariat convened the first round of discussions to inform the development of the detailed outline. Following the discussions, the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) was commissioned to draft an outline for the additional voluntary guidance materials. Thus, to assist the work of the AHTEG, the Secretariat is convening the Online Forum on Risk Assessment and Risk Management for an additional round of discussions to review this draft outline.
The second session of the online forum will open at 12:00 (noon) EDT on Monday 21 August 2023.
The second session of the online forum will close at 17:00 (5:00 pm) EDT on Friday 25 August 2023.
For more information or to follow the online forum, visit: https://bch.cbd.int/en/portals/risk-assessment/forum/second-session